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Hamburg's HafenCity: Top 5 Highlights

HafenCity is one of the most exciting urban projects in Europe. As envisioned in the master plan of 2000, Hamburg's old warehouse district is transforming into a vibrant area featuring fascinating architecture and brimming with restaurants, bars and museums.

International Maritime Museum

International Maritime Museum

Ten floors tall, the gorgeous Kaispeicher B is Hamburg's oldest warehouse and home to the International Maritime Museum, offering insight into the city's rich shipping history.

Viewpoint

Viewpoint

This 13-meter-tall tower was purposely built as a viewing platform. Climb to the top for a beautiful view of the entire HafenCity, with information on the current developments.

Magellan Terraces
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Magellan Terraces

Perfect for a picturesque break, the Magellan Terraces is a futuristic park on the waterfront. In the summer, it's regularly host to outdoor events and concerts.

Deutsches Zollmuseum
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Deutsches Zollmuseum

Don't let its dry-sounding name throw you off. The German Customs Museum is actually a thrilling experience, charting Hamburg's long and wild history of illegal smuggling.

Elbe Philharmonic Hall

Elbe Philharmonic Hall

Though still under construction, this modernist concert hall built atop an old warehouse, designed by world-famous architects Herzog & de Meuron, is a wonder to behold.

Our insider tips

Best time to visit

As one of the HafenCity's greatest pleasures is simply walking around and admiring the incredible architecture and views across the water, it's best to visit on a sunny day. Considering Hamburg's famously capricious weather, your best bet is during the summer months.

How to get there

It's very difficult to find a good parking spot at HafenCity, so you're better off with public transport. Just take the U-Bahn (subway) line U4 to either Überseequartier or HafenCity University stations and you'll find yourself in the heart of the HafenCity.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    As part of Hamburg, HafenCity is open all day, every day!
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to visit, but you'll want to set aside a budget for food and entertainment.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much to see, it's a great idea!
  • How to get there
    Take the U4 to the Überseequartier or HafenCity University station.
  • Additional information
    *HafenCity at night is a different world, so try to stick around after the sun goes down for a bit!

What people are saying about HafenCity

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 18,160 reviews

Not exactly, what I expected (not enough information provided before)

Firstly, There was no map, which shows, how would the trip look like. I expected that the boat goes through the city also, through canals like in Venezia. Secondly, there was a problem with the orientation in the harbour, because, the boat wasn't marked, that this is the boat for this type of trip. When we have asked the staff for information, they, told us there are two different boats and their boat is full for now and we can choose the bigger one. That information was misleading, however, in the advertisement wasn't that type of information. So we ran to another one, which was somewhere else, and we again were looking for it. Next, I would like to mention, that the sentence: "please, be there a little bit earlier, so you can catch the seating next to the window, so you can have a nice view during a trip because the cruise used to be full/sold out" in the advertisement would be useful.

Tour matched ad. Boat has toilets. Guide has accent, understandable.

The staff was friendly and helpful, and the tour was as described in the ads. There were toilets on the boat, which was quite convenient. The English-speaking tour guide was a German man with a German accent, not a native speaker of English. His English was reasonably good. The loudspeaker was a loudspeaker, meaning it had a bit of static or distortion, although it wasn't bad as loudspeakers go. The combination made the narration a bit difficult for some people in our group to understand. I didn't have trouble with it, but I have a lot of experience with German accents. Still, having a tour in English was very nice.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise Reviewed by

Nice tour just a shame it was not available in English

I rushed to get to the appointed time, even paid a taxi, but the boat was already full (even though I got 10-15 minutes earlier). There was no option for an English tour, a bit dissapointing, but once you set your mind to enjoy it and leave the german words of the guide to your imagination then it is an alright tour.

2-Hour Hamburg Port Tour: Maritime Flair Reviewed by

Excellent...even without understanding the commentary

Fabulous tour of the canals and port. A rare opportunity to see the port working. The highlight of our quick trip through Hamburg. The live guide is in german so we did not understand but unlike most tours you could hear him clearly from outside. We were given a guide pamphlet in english. Highly recommended.

Enjoyed the tour, but had difficulty heading.

The boat was clean and comfortable. The guide was knowledgeable and fun. The food and drink were good. Unfortunately the sound system is pretty bad and unless the guide was right next to me, I couldn’t understand much of anything he was saying. When we could hear him, though, it was wonderful!

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise Reviewed by

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